1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 36 – 37 – 38


The sky is glowing with color as the leaves change from green to the brilliant shades of fall and at times the air is filled with the toasty smell of the leaves being cleared through the woods and burned in little campfires.
Fall Colors

Don't you just love the little ears that photobombed this shot! I took the picture out the window of the Jeep and didn't see those little ears peeking out the window to see the colors too.

Click HERE to see a great video of the fall colors around my home in northern Michigan.

1857 block 36

Block 36

1857 block 36
1857 quilt block 36 This charming block was made by Emma. I really like it's simplicity but realize all those star points will be a challenge to stitch.

1857 quilt block 37

Block 37

1857 quilt block 37
1857 quilt block 37
1857 quilt block 37 This sweet block was made by Eliza Campbell. It has lots of embroidery and single thread details. All of the stems are embroidered using an outline or stem stitch in a medium green. The details at the top of the strawberries are stitched using a darker shade of floss. It's hard to tell for sure but it looks like the stems going to the strawberries themselves were stitched using the darker floss. They have worn away and may have been worked with fewer strands of floss making them more vulnerable to deterioration. The strawberries have single thread stitches scattered across each one using a single strand of cream color thread. I might consider using a light yellow for a more realistic look.

1857 quilt block 38

Block 38

1857 quilt block 38
1857 quilt block 38 This block has a scattering of fall leaves. It was made by Louisa. While it may look simple, all those dips and curves are going to take some time to get just right.

New Hexagon Calendar C147 The winner of last month's anniversary prize was Leslie - congratulations!!!

addicted to scraps This month's prize is a copy of Bonnie Hunter's new book - Addicted to Scraps. I can't think of anyone who works harder and shares more of themselves with quilters than Bonnie. She has a great new ruler that came out at the same time as the book. Check it out HERE.
I think by now you know how this goes...... leave a comment on this post and on the 20th of the month I'll draw a name to determine the winner.

Shipshewana Tree I can't wait to see those of you who are traveling to the Shipshewana Quilt Retreat in a few weeks. The retreat this fall is full but there are still a couple of spots open in the classes with Linda Collins.
We'll get together again in April without a teacher and then again next November when our guest teacher will be Di Ford Hall. Many of you have written and called asking when you can sign up for Di's classes. Registration will begin in January 2017. Watch for details on the Shipshewana Quilt Retreat web site or sign up for the Sentimental Stitches newsletter (sign up in the right sidebar). I'll announce the registration opening and events through the newsletter. I'm working on dates and teachers for 2018 and 2019 because Shipshewana is a magical place for quilters and I think everyone needs to visit there at least once....or twice....let me be honest.....twice a year is hardly enough!!!!

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24 Responses to “1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 36 – 37 – 38”

  1. Limbania October 31, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful quilt and for the chance to win Bonnie’s book. You both are very generous and sharing. Hope to be able to attend the Shipshewana Quilt Retreat next year. It’ll be quiet a treat to spend time with you and Di. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  2. Ray J. October 31, 2016 at 10:36 pm #

    I think you also do a whole lot for us quilters too!

  3. Cathy S. November 1, 2016 at 1:56 am #

    Thank you Gay for the latest blocks. This quilt is such a treasure. Although I’m behind I’m still printing every month in hopes of catching up! And thanks for a chance at the giveaway!!

  4. Heather November 1, 2016 at 5:13 am #

    Three more great blocks! Thanks so much for all you do.

  5. Linda November 1, 2016 at 5:19 am #

    Thank you for the giveaway and all the info here

  6. Tara J November 1, 2016 at 5:31 am #

    Yay! Such fun blocks this month! I really need to get caught up as I’ve fallen way behind. Other projects have butted in front.

  7. B from Canada November 1, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    These are my favourite blocks. They are each so charming.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win Bonnie’s book. She certainly does do a lot for the quilting community.

    So do you, Gay, in the same friendly and approachable way.

    Thank you for all you do, and have done over the years.

    B from Canada

  8. Belinda November 1, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

    Hi Gay!
    I LOVE Clutch and Chloe (sp)!!!! My intent was to pick a white/cream chihuahua but when a little black/white one poked his head up I just had to pick him….his name is Goober. His name fits him to a T. I so enjoy the photos you share as well as your super duper generosity with these free patterns. I have missed a couple of months here and there and will figure out one day which ones I need to order from you.
    Just sooosss ya know, your Youtube videos helped me learn to hand applique. I watched them over and over and learned a lot. Thank you so much! You’re a real SWEETIE!!!

  9. Kristy Wilkinson November 1, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

    Thank you for the wonderful posts about this quilt. I enjoy them each month. I can’t wait to start Bonnie’s Mystery at the end of the month. Thanks for the gifts you offer each month as well. K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

  10. Gale C. November 2, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

    Thanks for the 1857 Album quilt. Have fun at Shipshewana! Thanks for the giveaway of Bonnie’s book. She’s awesome too. Thanks!

  11. Can’t wait to meet you in shipshewana in 2 weeks. Flying down to my sisters house in North Carolina than 4 of us making the road trip to Indiana.what a hoot this will be. I am loving this 1857 quilt project can’t thank you enough for the opportunity to be part of it and since my sister Jenny challenged me to make the dear jane quilt i have my book and hoping to have Brenda sign it. I can’t remember when I have been this excited about anything. See you soon and thanks again

  12. Susan Green November 3, 2016 at 6:20 am #

    Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing these wonderful patterns. I wish I were closer to attend the retreat.

  13. Karen November 3, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    I totally agree with your comments about Bonnie Hunter, but you certainly do a tremendous amount of work for us as well. Thanks so much! This 1857 quilt is wonderful. I adore old style quilts and hand appliqué.

  14. Karen Chaudoin November 3, 2016 at 11:22 am #

    The blocks are amazing and so beautiful. I particularly like the leaves block, my favorite leave I think! Love love oak trees! I was curious about the stippling. It is beautiful, the prettiest I have ever seen and appears to have a double thread look to it. Is it a double thread. So glad I found your blog! I typed it in accidently looking for Sentimental Quilter Kathleen Tracy’s blog and found yours! Love love it!

    Karen in NC

  15. Pam November 4, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    I would love to win a copy of Bonnie Hunter’s ‘Addicted to Scraps’ book to add to my collection. I love scrappy quilts… why use 5 fabrics when 50 sing a sweeter tune to my heart. Bonnie’s methods as so no fuss & simple but simply delightful.

    Thank you for passing on all the extra info on the family behind this wonderful old masterpiece. The story behind the quilt is as interesting as the quilt itself. I am also doing a family tree but know there are no old quilts to be had.

    You asked why you? This quilt has come to you to do what you are doing… bringing it and the family back to life. Recognising their triumphs and tragedies of every day life of 1857 captured in fabric & thread, to be passed on to the next custodians. Thank you.

  16. Elvia Shirkey November 4, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    Hello from Michigan

    Yes the colors are changing here in the lower half of the state too.
    Took classes with Bonnie and do not have this book yet.

    Would love to meet you sometime too. Maybe I could try for the 2017 retreat.

    Thanks for the 1857 patterns, I am newer to appliqué , but loving it.

  17. Jeanine November 6, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

    Thanks for the opportunity to win Bonnie’s book. I could use some ideas for using up my scraps.

  18. LoriL November 7, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

    You were a very lucky lady to get a copy of Bonnie’s book. I would love to win it!!! I love the blocks this month. Thanks for sharing your quilting knowledge and giveaways.

  19. LoriD November 8, 2016 at 8:34 am #

    I’d love a chance to win Bonnie’s book. Thanks for the 1857 blocks!

  20. Maarit November 13, 2016 at 10:38 am #

    I visit this sites almost every day, because I love these blocks and patterns😊

  21. Darlene Slocum November 18, 2016 at 10:53 am #

    Your patterns are beautiful. Thank you! I just enjoy looking at the pictures since try as I might I can’t find the time to work on them very much.

  22. SueM November 19, 2016 at 5:51 am #

    Thank you for another 3 beautiful blocks of this 1857 quilt. I’d love Bonnie’s book as I must have a million trillion scraps around my house – I never seem to throw any out and it would be great to put them to use, if not just for my husband’s sanity !!!!!!

  23. Lisa April 6, 2017 at 10:37 am #

    The 1857 blocks are lovely. Thank you for your generosity with so many free patterns and all of the work you do to recreate the beautiful antique quilts in your care. As a fellow collector and quilt history hobbyist I truly appreciate the work and the significance of documenting the quilts of our fore-mothers (and fathers too). It’s nice to see these quilts up close and personal through your documentation.

  24. Marietta April 18, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

    thank you so much for all the great patterns and ideas you give to everyone. I have learned much from your site. again thanks Marietta

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